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EAST FARMINGDALE, Long Island (PIX11) -- A 70-year-old driver allegedly fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run slammed into a restaurant on Long Island Thursday, hurting at least two customers who were inside, police said.

It happened about 10:20 a.m. at a Panera Bread located at 919 Broad Hollow Road in East Farmingdale, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

The driver, identified as Jerome Arnold, was driving away from a hit-and-run crash when he careened into the restaurant, police said. He and his passenger were taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

Two women inside Panera were hurt -- one of them was pinned and airlifted to a hospital, the other was also taken to a hospital.

Jerome Arnold was driving with a suspended license, cops say. (Photo: Suffolk County PD)

Jerome Arnold was driving with a suspended license, cops say. (Photo: Suffolk County PD)

In a statement, the restaurant said its employees are cooperating with investigators to piece together what happened.

Arnold has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operator in the 3rd degree for driving with a suspended license.

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